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Adolescents and their relationship to health services: a school-based cross-sectional study in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This cross-sectional study describes the relationship between adolescents and health services using several indicators (self-reported diseases, self-rated health status, the need and search for health care, health care utilization and fidelity, adherence to medical prescription) and their association with socio-demographic variables. The adolescents (aged 12 to 17 years) were enrolled in schools from a district in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil. Type of school, representing the participants' socioeconomic status, was associated with all the indicators. Adolescents in public schools tended to rate their health status as fair or poor. They also showed lower odds of reporting health needs, the search for health care, obtaining access, and remaining faithful to health services. Girls rated their health status as fair or poor and sought health care more frequently boys. High adherence to medical prescription of medicines and tests was observed in the sample.

Adolescent; Adolescent Health Services; Social Conditions


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